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Thursday, May 4
 

9:00am EDT

Chalk It Up to Poetry!

Leave your mark on the streets of Salem with your favorite line of poetry!

Come by Old Town Hall, our festival headquarters, to get chalk and share your favorite line of verse around Old Town Hall and the sidewalks on Front Street. Scribble, doodle, draw, and write your favorite poetic line, or one you’ve composed spur of the moment.  (FYI, it washes away with rain!) Project made possible through the support of the Public Art Commission and the City of Salem.


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Old Town Hall 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

8:00pm EDT

A Celebration of the Salem Poetry Seminar
Each June, the Salem Poetry Seminar brings together selected Massachusetts college students with others who share their obsession with words for five days of intense workshopping, drafting, and evening readings at the historic Salem Athenaeum. Students submit a selection of their work and are chosen to dig deep into their practice and to meet literary co-conspirators. The Seminar began in 2000, and has taken place six times since. For many SPS participants, their identity as Poet took form during this residency. Come hear what the seminar poets are up to today in a fun marathon reading in the place where it all began!

Moderators
avatar for J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour

Poetry & other Arts, Poetry & Nonfiction, Poetry about sport, Salem

Speakers
avatar for Robert Auld

Robert Auld

Student, Salem State University
avatar for Shari Caplan

Shari Caplan

Shari Caplan is the author of “Advice from a Siren” (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her work appears in Zoetic Press, Drunk Monkeys, and Deluge and is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review and The Rhylsing Anthology, a publication of Rhylsing Award nominees. A graduate of Lesley University’s... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Glenn

Gregory Glenn

Unpopular Writer
avatar for Joseph Gould

Joseph Gould

Joey Gould is a tutor, poet, & deckbuilder who loves creating improv poetry & walking through Audubon sanctuaries. He has helped facilitate four poetry festivals & was only picked up by the police once.
avatar for Jessica Tower

Jessica Tower

Adult Advisor, NAGLY
avatar for Teisha Dawn Twomey

Teisha Dawn Twomey

Poetry Editor, Wilderness House Literary Review
TEISHA DAWN TWOMEY received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her debut collection “How to Treat Pretty Things” was released by Stream~Lines earlier this year. She lives in Dedham, MA. http://teishapoetrytwo... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Salem Athenaeum 337 Essex Street , Salem, MA
 
Friday, May 5
 

1:15pm EDT

Post Rock Poetry
This program will introduce a relatively new genre of music known as Post Rock and combine it with poetry and in so doing create what we refer to as "Post Rock Poetry." Post Rock music is grounded in 1980's and 90's indie rock music. It is primarily instrumental, guitar, base, drums, and keyboard, with few lyrics. Typically, post rock pieces are lengthy and may contain, "... repetitive build ups of timbre, dynamics and texture." (Wikipedia, 9/11/2016.) Because Post Rock seldom has lyrics, it lends itself to the creation of Post Rock Poetry that can explore the quest for a peace, understanding, and rising above hostilities and misfortune. In short, it rings with hope.

Moderators
JM

Joe McGurn

Joe McGurn a member of the Salem Writers' Group. He also is an active member in Sales and Marketing Toastmasters that meets at Constant Contact in Waltham. Joe enjoys running and participates in many short and long distance events throughout the year. He is a graduate student at Salem... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver is a poet from Salem, MA
avatar for Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons is the musician/producer for "Hymns for the Angels".  He enjoys music and nature.
avatar for Michael Hovey Rand

Michael Hovey Rand

Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Michael H. Rand holds a Master's degree in English from Salem State University, where he was an editor of the school's literary magazine, Soundings East. His work has appeared in various online venues, such as Crack the Spine and NoiseMedium, and is forthcoming... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

1:15pm EDT

Poetry and the Public Sphere
This panel will explore the tensions and possibilities for poets engaged in civic spheres / the questions of meaningful public engagement with poetry / poetry as public art / the recent popularity of poet laureate and similar positions in the US / and poetry in this time of threatened federal funding for the arts.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Georges

Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Buchinger

Mary Buchinger

Mary Buchinger Bodwell is the author of four collections of poetry, Navigating the Reach (forthcoming), einfühlung/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and the Perugia Press Prize), Roomful... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

1:15pm EDT

Your Pictures as Poetry - Writing From Your Photo Stream
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Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do, by exploring the unspoken world of your images. You’ll generate remarkable raw material that reveals insight and emotion you can shape into beautiful, original writing. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. Please bring photos to work from!

Moderators
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive writing workshops in a variety of settings. Kelly is proud to serve on the board and faculty of The International Women's Writing Guild. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Pickman Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:30pm EDT

Obsessions: Using Form to Tame the Wild Beast in Poetry
Using examples from their own work, five women poets discuss the way traditional forms from sonnets to blank verse provide the structure they need to explore their own obsessions. They found that writing “in the box” helps them create work that is out of the box.

Moderators
avatar for Marybeth Rua-Larsen

Marybeth Rua-Larsen

Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the south coast of Massachusetts and teaches at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared in American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Cleaver, Measure, Literary Orphans and Unsplendid. She won the 2011 Over... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Midge Goldberg

Midge Goldberg

Midge Goldberg is the recipient of the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the 2015 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for her book Snowman's Code, which was recently chosen as the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards Reader's Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared... Read More →
avatar for Jean L. Kreiling

Jean L. Kreiling

Jean L. Kreiling's first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Potvin

Kyle Potvin

Kyle Potvin’s first poetry collection, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), won the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She was a past finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Measure, The Huffington Post, JAMA, Able Muse... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Warren

Deborah Warren

Deborah’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Yale Review. Books: The Size of Happiness (2003, Waywiser Press) Zero Meridian (2004, Ivan R. Dee), New Criterion Poetry Prize Dream With Flowers and Bowl of Fruit (2008, Evansville), Richard... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Essex Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:30pm EDT

Headline Reading - Dara Wier and Emily Pettit
Join us for what promises to be a terrific kickoff event with poets Dara Wier and Emily Pettit. (Shhh ... they happen to be mother and daughter!)

Speakers
avatar for Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit is a writer, visual artist, teacher, and an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. She is the author of the poetry collection Goat In The Snow. She has previously taught and/or lectured at Columbia University, Flying Object, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Dara Wier

Dara Wier

Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council grants have supported Dara Wier's work, which has been awarded both the Poetry Center's Book of the Year Award (for REVERSE RAPTURE) and a Believer's reader's choice book award (for YOU GOOD THING); her... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:30pm EDT

Shakespeare To Hip Hop Presents: The Shakespeare Speakeasy
William Shakespeare is the greatest writer the world has ever known. To celebrate his work and influence, literaryperformers and slam poetry champions, Regie Gibson and Marlon Carey (aka Shakespeare to Hiphop), have created "The Shakespeare Speakeasy": An all-new, original performance combining song, storytelling, spoken word and rap, with live jazz, funk, blues, hiphop and country music. "The Shakespeare Speakeasy" is a hip trip back and forth between the 16th and 21st centuries. This show is great for students, teachers and all who want to learn more about Shakespeare in a fun and funky forum. Come on and boogie with the "Bard"!

Speakers
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

3:30pm EDT

Poetry Meet-up - New Location!
This year we've moved the party to Adriatic Restaurant and Bar! Join organizers Michael Ansara, Sara Siegel, and January O'Neil for a drink as the festival gets going. 

www.adriaticrestaurantandbar.com/
155 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970



Friday May 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Adriatic Restaurant and Bar 155 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970

3:45pm EDT

Factory Hollow Press and jubilat Make Chapbooks
Chapbooks constitute one tradition especially among independent literary publishers and individuals; this reading would highlight 4-6 poets with recent chapbooks, all of whom live in western Massachusetts.

Moderators
avatar for Dara Wier

Dara Wier

Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council grants have supported Dara Wier's work, which has been awarded both the Poetry Center's Book of the Year Award (for REVERSE RAPTURE) and a Believer's reader's choice book award (for YOU GOOD THING); her... Read More →

Speakers
DF

David Feinstein

David Feinstein is the author of the chapbooks Tarantula (Factory Hollow Press, 2017) and Woods Porn: The Adventures of Little Walter (No Dear / Small Anchor Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in The Atlas Review, jubilat, Tin House, and Best American Poetry 2017. He lives in... Read More →
JH

James Haug

James Haug is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry including Legend of the Recent Past, Walking Liberty, Fox Luck, Why I Like Chapbooks, and Scratch. Haug’s poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, American Poetry Review, Conduit, Field, Gettysburg Review... Read More →
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A. Logan Hill

A. Logan Hill grew up just north of Harrisonburg, Virginia in an old house by a small town off the highway. He is currently a candidate in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, loves being outside (in all kinds of weather), and is an... Read More →
JR

Jon Ruseski

Jon Ruseski is the author of the chapbook Neon Clouds. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Fence, Big Lucks, Cosmonauts Avenue & Witch Craft, among others. He lives in Northampton, MA where he helps edit for Factory Hollow Press & co-curates the P L A T F O R M lecture... Read More →
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Laura Wilwerth

Laura Willwerth lives in western Massachusetts. Her political found poems have appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and the jubilat Emergency Issue. Her chapbook, Trump It: Words I Found on the Right, is composed of Republican language from the 2016 election cycle and was published... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

3:45pm EDT

Gratitude and Grief A Generative Poetry Workshop: For Caregivers Past & Present
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Watching someone die takes presence. As a caregiver you can't add your suffering to the dying person's suffering. For these reasons, the task is a difficult one. We want to save our beloveds but at the same time, we know we can’t. Transformation and healing are found when we have others who are willing to enter that space alongside us. Through multiple poetry prompts, song, film, discussion and a look at the philosophy of aging, this workshop will help us to find and articulate our blessings as well as our losses.

Moderators
avatar for Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Salem State University
Elisabeth Weiss teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes and as well as to the intellectually disabled. She’s worked in publishing in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Essex Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

5:30pm EDT

Unburying Malcolm Miller

Filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse have again turned the camera on the life of a poet, as they did with their 2012 documentary about New Jersey’s Maria Mazziotti GIllan (All That Lies Between Us). With “Unburying Malcom Miller” they have focused on a Salem, Massachusetts poet whose work was influential enough that Gerald Stern said “all students should read it,” and whose life was strange enough that he went from being homeless and institutionalized to leaving bundles of hundred dollar bills in his kitchen drawer when he died in 2014. He also left behind a substantial canon of poetry which explored his personal relationships and his cynical view of the world around him. The film showcases his poems and his friendships with such poets as Leonard Cohen and a former Salem State faculty member and writer, Rod Kessler, who befriended Miller at the end of his life and took it upon himself to get to know him better beyond his death. Kessler’s interviews with those who knew Miller, along with readings by local poets of his work, reveal just how complicated and memorable a poet and a man can be to a community.

A question and answer with the filmmakers will follow as well as a live performance of the original “Malcolm’s Song,” written by R.G. Evans for the film.


Moderators
avatar for Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press,The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012) andJesus... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for R.G. Evans

R.G. Evans

R.G. Evans's books include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press Poetry Prize 2013),  The Noise of Wings (Red Dashboard Press, 2015), and The Holy Both (Main Street Rag, 2017). His original music was featured in the Kevin Carey/Mark Hillringhouse films All That Lies Between Us... Read More →
avatar for Mark Hillringhouse

Mark Hillringhouse

Mark Hillringhouse: is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose workshave been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing havebeen published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The NewYork Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review... Read More →
avatar for Rod Kessler

Rod Kessler

Professor Emeritus, Salem State University
In retirement Rod Kessler has been editing the poetry and researching the life of Salem poet Malcolm Miller (1930-2014).



Friday May 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

7:30pm EDT

Headline Reading - Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Join us for an evening headline reading between friends: Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. They will preceded by Claudia Inglessis a winner of the 2017 Helen Creeley High School Poetry Contest.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Gay

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Inglessis

Claudia Inglessis

Claudia Inglessis is a Junior at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She enjoys writing prose poetry, training in classical ballet, reading James Joyce, and baking multitudes of chocolate chip cookies for her school's writer's group
avatar for Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
PEM Atrium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

9:30pm EDT

College Slammers
Students from local colleges, including Endicott, Gordon, Merrimack, and Salem State, engage in a friendly poetry slam. Come check out some dynamic performances and get a first-hand look at the Massachusetts college poetry scene in action.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones  holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona... Read More →
avatar for J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour

Poetry & other Arts, Poetry & Nonfiction, Poetry about sport, Salem

Friday May 5, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
 
Saturday, May 6
 

9:00am EDT

Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration

At this year’s festival, we will feature poems on the theme of migration as part of our Raining Poetry project. Five poems were selected for display on the streets of Salem for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Using a biodegradable water-repellent spray and stencils made by local artists, the organization will place poems throughout the streets of Salem. The spray vanishes once dry, so the poems are invisible—until it rains. Once wet, the area around the poems will darken, enabling passersby to read them.

Sixty-four entries were received from Massachusetts residents on the broad theme of migration. Our theme, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration, borrows a line from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem, “Borderbus.”

Stop in at headquarters to find out where the poems are!



Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

9:30am EDT

New Voices of Tupelo Press
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In nearly 18 years of publishing, Tupelo Press has printed books by an array of authors as diverse as they come. One would be hard-pressed to define the aesthetic of a Tupelo book beyond the pleasure it brings. We're honored to present a selection of those voices in this reading that brings together authors with recent books from Tupelo Press.

Speakers
avatar for Mariela Griffor

Mariela Griffor

Editor, Mariela Griffor
Mariela Griffor was born in the city of Concepcion in southern Chile. She is the author of House and founder of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in Passages North, Washington Square Review and many other Literary Journals. Mariela holds a B.A in Journalism from Wayne State University... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Nilsson

Kathy Nilsson

Kathy Nilsson earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her book The Infant Scholar was published by Tupelo Press in January 2015 and won Honorable Mention, Berkshire Prize for a first or second book chosen by Tupelo Press Editors. Her... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Sofia's Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

9:30am EDT

WordTech Poets -- from Massachusetts!
A group reading of Massachusetts poets published by WordTech Communications of Cincinnati.

Moderators
avatar for James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola's poems have appeared stateside in Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, Tar River, and Poetry East, and in many journals in Europe and Canada. A Yale graduate, he won a Dana Literary Award, a Willow Review award, and a People's Choice award (from Storyteller... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisken Van Pelt Dus

Lisken Van Pelt Dus

Lisken Van Pelt lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where she is an award-winning teacher of languages and writing. Nominated for multiple Pushcart Awards, she is the author of two poetry collections, What We’re Made of (Cherry Grove 2016) and Everywhere at Once (Pudding House... Read More →
avatar for Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat has published ten full-length books and three chapbooks, comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages. Her work appears in many journals, anthologies, and websites, and has earned... Read More →
avatar for Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →
avatar for Susan Roney-O’Brien

Susan Roney-O’Brien

Susan Roney-O’Brien lives in Princeton, MA where she works with international students and young writers. She curates a monthly poetry venue at The Thirsty Lab and is part of 4 X 4, a group of four visual artists and four poets who respond through art and poetry to each other’s... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

9:30am EDT

Doughnuts and Death: A Baker's Dozen of Emily Dickinson's Most Depressing Poems
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Emily Dickinson spent her life in Amherst, but there was a fleeting moment when, it is believed, she came close to marrying Judge Otis Lord of Salem late in life. Dickinson's father's best friend, Lord died before any romantic ties could be consummated. In Doughnuts and Death: A Baker's Dozen of Emily Dickinson's Most Depressing Poems, Michael Medeiros will take this Amherst Poetry Festival staple (staged usually in West Cemetery, where Dickinson is buried) to Salem, where Judge Otis Lord is buried just down the road from the Mass Poetry Festival in Harmony Grove Cemetery. In these thirteen poems and historical accompaniments, we will tell the story of Dickinson's and Lord's affair, and share some exceptionally depressing poetry in a way that (hopefully) lightens the spirits, all while the crowd eats gingerbread doughnuts based on Dickinson's own recipe.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Medeiros

Michael Medeiros

Public Relations Coordinator, The Emily Dickinson Museum
Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

10:30am EDT

Just Spring: A Site-Specific Installation

For this year's festival, poet Colleen Michaels and artist Stacy Thomas-Vickory of Montserrat College of Art along with students Brittney Butterfield and Grayson Gemmiti have created a paper garden of writing prompts adapted from The Daily Poet, a Two Sylvia's Press publication.

This outdoor, site-specific installation of 1,000 paper blooms will serve as a reminder of beauty's persistence in harsh climates. Participants are invited to spring into action by picking a flower. Each bloom, when unfolded, will reveal a writing prompt, an invitation to begin a poem. We invite you to use the garden as a meeting spot or as a place for contemplation. Get dirt under your nails and let a prompt get under your skin.

Locations:

Exterior Garden: Peabody Essex Museum, Axelrod Walkway
Interior Flower Shop: Peabody Essex Museum, Atrium


Moderators
avatar for Colleen Michaels

Colleen Michaels

Founder/Host, Improbable Places Poetry Tour
Colleen Michaels directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she hosts The Improbable Places Poetry Tour. Her poetry publications include Barrelhouse, poetrymagazine.com, Bohemia, Cider Press Review, The Mom Egg, Paper Nautilus, The Vermont... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Axelrod Walkway

11:00am EDT

Called By the Muse After Forty: Four Poets from In and Around Boston
Many who began dabbling in poetry in their youth allow the exigencies of work, finding (or losing) a partner, dealing with serious health issues, and family obligations, to edge out our creative lives for decades. We are four poets who began writing poetry in earnest--and for public audiences--later in life, and who have made the writing of poetry a central focus of our daily lives. We will read from published works: in print and online journals, blogs, chapbooks--as well as works in progress.

We come not from the academy, but from a range of professional and educational backgrounds. Our work, like our socio-economic backgrounds, our genders and our gender identities, is diverse. What we have in common: a late vocation to writing poetry, a relentless desire to write poetry and to work at it, getting frequent feedback through workshops, meetups and open mics in bars and cafes, and readings at bookstores and academic writing conferences.

Moderators
avatar for Lynne Viti

Lynne Viti

Wellesley College
I have published two two poetry collections, The Glamorganshire Bible ( 2018,) and Baltimore Girls (2017) , both from Finishing Line Press.My microchapbook, "Punting," (2017) was published by Origami Poems Project, and a second one is forthcoming in January 2019. Ten of my poems... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heather Corbally Bryant

Heather Corbally Bryant

Heather Corbally Bryant (formerly Heather Bryant Jordan) teaches in the Writing Program at Wellesley College.  She received her A.B. from Harvard, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.   She published How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen and the Landscape of War... Read More →
avatar for Francine Montemurro

Francine Montemurro

Francine Montemurro was born in Yonkers, NY, grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, and has lived hither and yon. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, and have been on exhibit at Boston City Hall. She’s read her poems in and around Boston where she currently lives, works... Read More →
avatar for Martin Rodriguez

Martin Rodriguez

My experience of poetry is one based in the community, not academia. I see it as a language that we evolve together, seated at a table ruled by kindness and constructive collaboration, a language that all are welcome to speak, write and understand.For me this vision of poetry began... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)

11:00am EDT

Poets on Motherhood
Four poets of different ages, ethnicities and life experience discuss issues that arise in writing about motherhood and read from their own and other writers’ poems. We will look at motherhood in its many guises—pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, birth, raising children, caring for grandchildren, letting go. Topics may include what responsibility, if any, we have to members of the family; how we deal with difficult—embarrassing or shameful?—experiences; how to express strong emotion without melodrama or sentimentality; why we may feel motherhood as a subject is often pigeon-holed or seen as unimportant by editors and readers. There will be time for audience discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Wendy Mnookin

Wendy Mnookin

Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book of poetry is Dinner with Emerson (Tiger Bark Press, 2016.) To Get Here, her book about her son’s drug addiction, explores her family’s struggle with his addiction--what happened "to get here," what is unknowable, how they emerged. Wendy has received... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Barber

Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Garcia-Roberts

Chloe Garcia-Roberts

Chloe Garcia Roberts is the author of a book of poetry, The Reveal (Noemi Press), and the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Her work has appeared in the publications... Read More →
avatar for Anna Ross

Anna Ross

Emerson College
Monthly song and poetry performance and reading series featuring invited poets and songwriters and a combined song and poetry open mic.


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Three from Maine: A Reading by Christian Barter, Betsy Sholl, and Jeffrey Thomson

Three Maine poets--all with recently published books--read from their work and discuss the literary life in Maine.

 


Moderators
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Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson is the author or editor of nine books across genres including fragile, amemoir, Birdwatching in Wartime, winner of both the 2010 Maine Book Award and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing. The Complete Poems of Catullus: an Annotated Translation, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christian Barter

Christian Barter

Christian Barter is a poet living and working in Bar Harbor, Maine. His first book The Singers I Prefer was a Lenore Marshall Prize finalist; his second, In Someone Else's House, was the winner of the 2014 Maine Literary Award for Poetry; Bye-bye Land, a book-length poem, will be... Read More →
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Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl is the author of eight books, most recently Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin), which won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for poetry.  Other books include Late Psalm, Don’t Explain (winner of the Felix Pollak Prize) and The Red Line (winner of the AWP Prize... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Sofia's Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Headline Reading: Andrea Cohen and Tom Sleigh
Join us for an afternoon headline event with Andrea Cohen and Tom Sleigh.

Speakers
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Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed, Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk, which received the Kingsley Tufts Award. In addition, Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Channeling the Witches: Giving Voice to Historical Figures Through Poetry
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Writing lyric history—poetry about real historical events—presents a number of challenges, but it allows writers to go beyond the facts and into the hearts of the people who came before us. Ginny Lowe Connors and Sherri Bedingfield each have new poetry books based on witch hunts of the 17th century. Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village is just right for a poetry festival located in Salem! The persona poems in it allow the accusers, the accused, neighbors, and others from that place and time to have their say. The Clattering: Voices from Old Forfarshire, Scotland shows that the phenomenon of the witch hunt had its roots in Europe. This too is a book of multiple perspectives. The program will explore approaches to writing about historical events, balancing a desire to stay faithful to the research while creating poems of lyric power.

Moderators
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Ginny Lowe Connors

publisher, Grayson Books
Ginny Lowe Connors runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books. Connors is the author of Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village, The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen, as well as a chapbook, Under the Porch, winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry... Read More →

Speakers
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Sherri Bedingfield

I am a poet and an artist. Also a psychotherapist & couples' therapist from Connecticut. I am the author of two poetry books: Transitions and Transformations (2010) and The Clattering (2016).


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Skylark Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Developing Book-Length Poetry Collections in an M.F.A. Program
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Four poets, current students and alum, discuss their experiences writing poems and ordering them into full-length collections in Connecticut's only full-residency M.F.A. program at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Their work covers a variety of themes and subjects ranging from foster care and homelessness, shifting maternal voice, manhood and body issues, to coming-of-age out of religious faith into rationalism. Come hear these poets discuss SCSU's M.F.A. workshops and writing environment as they share the methods they used for developing their poetry manuscripts into full-length collections with hope of book publication. Join them and share your experiences in M.F.A. programs and with your own book development process.

Moderators
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Rebecca O'Bern

Rebecca O’Bern will be receiving her M.F.A. from Southern Connecticut State University this May. Her thesis, "Quiet Rumpus," is a coming-of-age that interweaves past and present stories of a conservative religious family, historical figures, and the natural world. She is the recipient... Read More →

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Sean Igoe

Sean Igoe serves as a Graduate Research Fellow at Southern Connecticut State University. He holds a BFA from the University of Maine, Farmington, and he will earn his MFA at Southern Connecticut State University in May, 2017.
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Katherine Sullivan

Katherine Sullivan's maternal poetry aims to shift our perspective of motherhood. To explore how a woman is labeled in literature and how this effects our social construct. She wishes to reach out to young women and men as a poet and public speaker who will guide others to develop... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 3 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Metaphor in Poetry, a Life Vest in the Silence of Trauma
Poets recovering from trauma and/or PTSD can use metaphor to express the "unspeakable," translating experience and emotion into objects, images, scenes that free writers and liberate readers of poetry as well. Bypassing literal details of traumatic experience, which often cannot be expressed by individuals experiencing trauma, metaphor can help poets articulate these life-changing emotions and experiences. Each poet on the panel will reflect on poems that use metaphor to express different types of trauma, and discuss how she pushed beyond the unspeakable to break through silence imposed by trauma. Panel members will then read two of their own poems and invite audience members to discuss the liberating qualities of metaphor.

Moderators
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Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
Jan Freeman, Poet and Paris Press Director, lives in Ashfield, MAPeople should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- metaphor, poetry, and trauma.She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for... Read More →

Speakers
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Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: In the War, and The Archivist. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Professor of English, Regis College
Julia Lisella is a poet and teacher. Her poetry books include Always (2014), Terrain (2007), and Love Song Hiroshima (2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Story Retold: Women Retelling History
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There was a time when women could not see their work in print. Today, women poets are actively addressing the patriarchal history, retelling the stories, approaching the myths we have lived with for generations, and publishing vital work in increasing numbers. This conversation, facilitated by poets Antoinette Brim, Georgia A. Popoff and Demetrice A. Worley, will circle on the theme of women owning both voice and history in ways that empower and inform. Vehicles include persona poetry, family stories, and Gwendolyn Brooks' "verse journalism" as examples. In spite of many challenges, women continue to write and compel critical thought through language. The facilitators will offer exemplary poems from noted contemporary women to start the discussion, then will open to participants to discuss their own work as well as the work of women who inspire them to address issues of race, class, gender, and the accepted norms within the poetic canon.

Moderators
avatar for Georgia Popoff

Georgia Popoff

Workshops Coordinator, Downtown Writers Center
I am a community poet living and teaching in Syracuse, NY. Three collections of poetry and one coauthored book for teachers on poetry in public education. Senior editor of the Comstock Review.

Speakers
avatar for Antoinette Brim

Antoinette Brim

Associate Professor of English, Capital Community College
Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir and critical... Read More →
avatar for Demetrice Anntía Worley

Demetrice Anntía Worley

Demetrice Anntía Worley is author of Tongues in My Mouth (Main Street Rag), and she is a Cave Canem Fellow. She received Third Place in the Split This Rock Poetry 2009 Contest for her crown of sonnets, “Femicide/Femicidio: The Murdered and Disappeared Women of Juárez, Mexico.” Her... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Responding to Loss in the Natural World: An Ecopoetry Workshop
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Between climate change and the biodiversity crisis, much news about our environment is negative. How do we as poets respond to it? Whether to alert and alarm, or to acknowledge and lament, our response can be a balm for others grappling with our changing environment. When writing about recently extinct species, our poems can be eulogies that celebrate something that no longer lives on Earth. Using handouts, we’ll examine a couple of ecopoems in order to highlight different approaches to responding to loss in nature and find techniques we can use. Then, with prompts, we’ll write some of our own responses. Sharing some of this work will allow us to process our feelings as a group. By challenging ourselves to engage important environmental problems, you’ll come away both with new material and with renewed connection to the natural world.

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon

Adjunct lecturer in the sciences. Talk to me about science poetry and nature poetry. Also talk to me about my new book, Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals (Pen and Anvil, Boston).

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 1 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

11:00am EDT

Small Press and Literary Fair
Visit exhibitors at the Small Press and Literary Fair outside of the Peabody Essex Museum along the pedestrian mall. More than 25 presses will be in attendance.

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Pedestrian Walkway outside of the PEM

12:00pm EDT

Poems to Order
Visit the Poems to Order booth and receive a free poem on the subject of your choice. Name any topic, and within five minutes, GennaRose will type an original poem for you on her 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, read it aloud, and hand it to you to keep.

Saturday May 6, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Atrium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

A Four Way Books Poetry Reading with Rebecca Okrent, Christina Pugh, and Cammy Thomas
A reading featuring three Four Way Books poets: Rebecca Okrent (Boys of My Youth, Four Way Books 2015), Christina Pugh (Perception, Four Way Books 2017, Grains of the Voice, Northwestern University Press, 2013, Restoration, Northwestern University Press, 2008, Rotary, Word Press 2004, and Gardening at Dusk, Wells College Press, 2002), and Cammy Thomas (Inscriptions, Four Way Books 2014 and Cathedral of Wish, Four Way Books 2005). Rebecca Okrent’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, The New Republic, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She and her husband, writer/editor Daniel Okrent, divide their time between New York and Cape Cod. Christina Pugh’s is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine. Cammy Thomas lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.

Moderators
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions... Read More →

Speakers
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Rebecca Okrent

Rebecca Okrent will read from her collection Boys of My Youth, published by Four Way Books, and discuss some helpful workshop prompts. Her poetry, travel and food pieces have appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Wellfleet, MA with her husband Daniel Okrent.
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Christina Pugh

Christina Pugh’s most recent book of poems is Perception (Four Way Books, 2017).  She is also the author of three other books of poems, including Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013).  Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Kenyon... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)

12:15pm EDT

A Rising Role: Connecticut Poets Laureate
Connecticut is comprised of some 170 towns, 20 of which now have appointed local writers as poets laureate. The number of local laureates has doubled in the last year, and with that rise the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate was created. This session will provide insight into the role of the poet laureate, the process of creating a poet laureate position in a municipality, and the role and exciting activities of both the Coalition and the poets laureate in their local communities as they spread a thousand points of poetry throughout the state. It will include readings from the Coalition's recently published book, Laureates of Connecticut: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. This session is for poets, writers, artists, municipal administrators and active citizens interested in the confluence of the civic and the creative, the community and the arts.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christine Beck

Christine Beck

Lawyer; professor of legal studies (University of Hartford, 2000-1010); author, "Forensic Evidence in Court: A case study approach," Carolina Academic Press, 2008;legal writing consultant;member of poetry associations: Ct Poetry Society, National Federation of State Poetry Societies... Read More →
avatar for Julia Paul

Julia Paul

Pres., Board of Directors, Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc
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James Scrimgeour

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is a Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University who has been writing a poem per week since 1993. He has published nine books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals and has given over 150 public readings of his work. He has... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

New England Poets Laureate Read & Converse
Massachusetts may not have a state poet laureate, but it has the best poetry festival in New England. Attendees in 2017 are invited to come and be introduced to the current poets laureate of all the other five N.E. states: Stuart Kestenbaum of ME, Chard deNiord of VT, Rennie McQuilkin of CT, and Alice Fogel of NH. This is a rare opportunity to get to know their work as poets and as ambassadors of poetry in our region. 

Moderators
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Alice B. Fogel

NH Poet Laureate
Alice B.Fogel, Walpole, NH, is New Hampshire's poet laureate (2014-2019). She is the author of several books of poems, most recently Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her third collection, Be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tina Cane

Tina Cane

Tina Cane currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is the founder and director of Writers-in- the-Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations... Read More →
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Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, including Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh... Read More →
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Stuart Kestenbaum

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving, Prayers and Run-on Sentences and Only Now (all Deerbrook Editions), and a collection of essays The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).  The director of the Haystack... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Sofia's Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

Not Without Laughter
This reading celebrates an anthology by members of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective and their new anthology published by Mason Jar Press, of Baltimore, Maryland. The anthology “Not Without Laughter” is a collection of work from the group centered around finding joy, even in the most painful of times.

Moderators
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Teri Cross Davis

Poetry Coordinator, Folger Shakespeare Library
Author of Haint, published in 2016 by Gival Press and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective.

Speakers
avatar for Saida Agostini

Saida Agostini

Poet & Activist
Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet and trash talker. She hails Luther Vandross as the one and only king of silky smooth R&B. A Cave Canem Fellow, her work has been published or will be forthcoming in the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter... Read More →
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Celeste Doaks

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields (Wrecking Ball Press, UK) and most recently the editor of Not Without Our Laughter (Mason Jar Press, 2017). Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Doaks... Read More →
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Tafisha Edwards

Tafisha A. Edwards wears a crown of orange roses.She is the author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing, PHANTOM, Bodega Magazine, The Atlas Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

Superfund City: PCBs, poetry, and the native narratives of Massachusetts' former industrial centers
What sort of poetry comes from the pollution and the grandeur, the run-down streets, the ruins of cultural landmarks, and the weedy life growing (sometimes thriving, others just barely existing) in the constantly reimagined remains of Massachusetts' industrial cities? These places, scattered from southeastern shores to western Mass's inland waterways, have shaped the imaginations of so many of the state's poets, each of whom comes out of their experience with these places with. Michael, Adam, and Rushelle will read from their own very personal works which, like the cities themselves, are a conglomeration of light and dark, beautiful and terrifying, hilarious, heartbreaking, and unflinchingly human.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Medeiros

Michael Medeiros

Public Relations Coordinator, The Emily Dickinson Museum
Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Grabowski

Adam Grabowski

Vermont College of Fine Arts
Adam's work has appeared in Off the Coast, jubilat, The Rattling Wall, The Naugatuck River Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Meat for Tea, and elsewhere. Adam received his MSW from Westfield State University in 2012 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Vermont College... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

Headline Event: Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic

 Rough Magic is a New York-based band sprung from Cornelius Eady’s long and celebrated literary life, and from his desire to extend the boundaries of language expression to include the songs he had produced over the years and those that had emerged from a renewal of his musical creativity. In January of 2013, Eady released Book of Hooks, a two-CD and chapbook set of original tunes on Kattywompus Press. Almost by “magic,” a group of poet-musician-composers converged who shared Eady’s vision that text, melody, harmony, and rhythm all have an equally strong place in artistic expression. Rough Magic calls upon troubadour traditions and evokes the sounds and storytelling of blues greats like Muddy Waters, folk legends such as Woody Guthrie and the unexpected grooves and subject-matters of the Talking Heads. At the same time, band members hold a keen sense of innovation, as they are all working text-and-music makers engaged in building new combinations of words and sounds.

 The musicians of Rough Magic have performed at poetry festivals, cafes, backyards and concert halls in New York City and internationally. The band has played alongside poetry and music greats such as Oliver Lake, Bob Holman, Sapphire, Sharon Olds, Marilyn Nelson, Nikky Finney, Toi Derricotte, and Papa Souso. In addition to Eady's prolific lyricism, the band draws upon texts by other poets such as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Aliki Barnstone and Mary Molyneux. In the fall of 2013, Eady was commissioned by the Poetry Society of America to set the poems of Sterling Brown to music. Rough Magic performed the songs at a star-studded event at Cooper Union’s Great Hall honoring iconic Black poets of the 20th Century.

Rough Magic is: Cornelius Eady- voice and guitar, Robin Messing- voice, Charlie Rauh- guitar, Lisa Liu- guitar and keyboard, Leo Ferguson- drums, Emma Alabaster- bass and voice, and special guest Concetta Abbate- violin and voice.

Cornelius Eady and Lisa Liu will be performing duing this session. 

 


Moderators
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Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and The Gathering... Read More →

Speakers
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Lisa Liu

Lisa Liu is a jazz guitarist based in Brooklyn, NY. She plays gypsy jazz, swing & bebop, and also performs as a solo fingerstyle guitarist. As one of the few women playing jazz guitar professionally today, Lisa stands out for her unique style, technical proficiency, and originali... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

Poetry and Community
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While writing is an interior act, a taking in of the world, it is also an outward gesture. It seeks to engage with and add to the world. This panel, comprised of leaders of the New England Poetry Club, will examine the relationship between poetry and community.

We will explore poets’ needs to develop audiences, to deepen our capacities as readers and as writers, and to help each other keep going despite the “resistance to poetry” famously described by Muriel Rukeyser.

We will ask: How can communities of writers (and readers) foster love of poetry? How can we make poetry matter? How can we use poetry to serve the world?

We will also consider the challenges of building community. How can a poetry club avoid insularity, competitiveness, and elitism? How can we invite others in? How can we make poetry part of the larger community?

Moderators
avatar for Mary Buchinger

Mary Buchinger

Mary Buchinger Bodwell is the author of four collections of poetry, Navigating the Reach (forthcoming), einfühlung/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and the Perugia Press Prize), Roomful... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Linda Haviland Conte

Linda Haviland Conte

Treasurer, New England Poetry Club
Linda Haviland Conte is the author of Slow As A Poem (Ibbetson Street Press, 2002). Her poems are included in several anthologies. She has participated in panel discussions about poetry community at both New Hampshire and Mass. Poetry festivals. Linda is currently serving as Treasurer... Read More →
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Hilary Sallick

Hilary Sallick's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Two Cities Review, Third Wednesday, the Aurorean, Atlanta Review, and other publications. Her chapbook, Winter Roses, is newly out from Finishing Line Press. Hilary teaches reading and writing to adult learners in Somerville... Read More →
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Marjorie Thomsen

Marjorie Thomsen’s poems are inspired from the landscapes of North Carolina and Virginia where she grew up and from New England, where she currently lives. She is the author of “Pretty Things Please” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She won the New England Poetry Club’s... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

“The Word Doesn’t Mean Anything”: Crafting the Confessional and Beyond
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“The word doesn’t mean anything,” John Berryman famously ranted about the descriptor “confessional poetry.” Using poems they admire and poems of their own, panelists discuss what “confessional poetry” has meant since 1959 and how they themselves implement craft to revise, reshape, adopt, and examine it. Does confession require autobiographical faithfulness? How can tools like metaphor, white space, humor, form, and rhythm reveal or obscure individual experiences? Do we have expectations and biases that affect who we expect to confess, and what we expect them to dish about? Can poetry really be “confessional” at all? What does it mean both to believe that “the personal is the political” and to interrogate whether "expression" and "inner lives" are even the subjects of poetry? The panelists bring a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to these questions and to crafting poetry that contends with them.

Speakers
avatar for Sumita Chakraborty

Sumita Chakraborty

Sumita Chakraborty is poetry editor of AGNI, art editor of At Length, and a doctoral candidate in English at Emory University. Her poems, essays, and scholarship have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Cultural Critique, the Los Angeles Review of Books... Read More →
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Maggie Dietz

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Maggie Dietz’s is the author of the newly released That Kind of Happy and Perennial Fall, which won New Hampshire’s Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry in 2007 (both from The University of Chicago Press). The former director of the Favorite Poem Project, Dietz is... Read More →
avatar for Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes hangs her heart in her native Miami and her current town of Somerville. Her poems have recently appeared in The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Prelude, Sidereal Magazine, and others; and her reviews have featured in venues such as The Rumpus. She is a... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

Riprap Rocks
“Riprap Rocks” combines the central image of Gary Snyder’s poem “Riprap” (“Lay down these words/ Before your mind like rocks) with the interactive play of refrigerator magnet poetry. Words written on stones, the smooth granite cobbles of Cape Ann beaches, will be available for your inspiration. Each rock has a word on each side (sometimes three), often an opposite or otherwise kindred word, so that any line may be altered instantly with a flip. Blank rocks and Sharpie markers will be available so that participants can add new words.

Moderators
avatar for Margaret Young

Margaret Young

Poet
Margaret Young is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Almond Town (Bright Hill Press), and Blight Summer (Finishing Line Press). Her translation of Sergio Inestrosa’s A la Sombra de un Haiku was published by Obsidiana Press, and a second... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 2 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

How I Learned to be a Better Writer by Becoming Editor
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Five editors from NYC small press, great weather for MEDIA, discuss how editing anthologies and full-length single-author books has broadened their scope as writers.Reading other people's poetry is a master's class in and of it self. They will discuss how to move beyond their own aesthetic to understand anothers'. In addition, they will talk about the challenges and rewards of being working writers/performers.

Moderators
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Aimee Herman

Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, poet, and writing/literature teacher at Bronx Community College. Aimee has been widely published in journals and anthologies including cream city review, BOMB, nerve lantern, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry... Read More →

Speakers
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Thomas Fucaloro

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs... Read More →
avatar for David Lawton

David Lawton

David Lawton is the author of Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press), a native of Woburn MA, and a graduate of the theatre program at Boston University, where he was also a Guest Artist in the graduate play writing classes taught by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. For ten years he... Read More →
avatar for Jane Ormerod

Jane Ormerod

Jane Ormerod is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, a New York City based independent press focusing on fearless, unpredictable poetry and prose from writers across the world. She is the author of poetry collections including Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational... Read More →
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Mary McLaughlin Slechta

Mary McLaughlin Slechta has published a poetry collection about grief, Wreckage on a Watery Moon (FootHills), and two chapbooks. A poem was featured in Rattle’s tribute to African American Poets and she received the Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize from The Caribbean Writer... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Skylark Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

12:15pm EDT

The Anti-Workshop: Using A “No Pressure” Community and Automatic Writing to Create Great Drafts
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For many writers, the unreachable expectations of academic life and personal goals can be the biggest deterrent in writing a new draft of a poem, story, or essay. This workshop will review one method that one community of writers, named PF, have found to keep writing despite tenuous work-life balance, the pressure to perform, and the appeal of much-needed rest. Three members of PF will walk you through the tenets of a “no pressure” writing group, including locating a suitable space, setting an open attendance policy, and using freewriting. Workshop attendees will have a chance to practice automatic writing and collaging as a way of drafting new work and learn best practices for maintaining a supportive writing community.

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Alyssa Mazzarella

Development Manager, GrubStreet
Alyssa Mazzarella helps ensure GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, has the resources it needs to support writers of all types and talents. Prior to joining GrubStreet as the Development Manager, she taught and tutored writing at the University of Massachusetts... Read More →

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Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 3 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Anhinga Press Reading with Kelle Groom, Anna Ross, Elizabeth Powell, and Robin Beth Schaer
A reading featuring four Anhinga Press poets: Kelle Groom, Deborah Landau, Elizabeth Powell, and Robin Beth Schaer. Kelle Groom is the author of a memoir and four books of poetry, including her forthcoming collection, Spill. Groom is the Director of the Summer Workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Uses of the Body. She teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Elizabeth Powell is the author of two collections of poetry, including Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter. She teaches at Johnson State College in Vermont. Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection, Shipbreaking. She teaches at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Anhinga Press began in 1972 as an outgrowth of the activities of Apalachee Poetry Center. They are located in Tallahassee, FL and publish notable books from writers all over the U.S.

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Kelle Groom

Low-residency MFA Faculty, Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe
Kelle Groom is a poet and memoirist. Her memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, a Library Journal Best Memoir, Oprah O Magazine selection, and Oxford... Read More →
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Anna Ross

Emerson College
Monthly song and poetry performance and reading series featuring invited poets and songwriters and a combined song and poetry open mic.
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Robin Beth Schaer

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking (Anhinga). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi, Saltonstall, Vermont Studio Center, and VCCA. She has taught... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)

2:00pm EDT

Building Bridges between Physics and Poetry
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 American Distinguished Professor of Physics Dr. Bill Colson and renowned Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones in an informal conversation on science and poetry with American Patricia Holt.

What is it like to be a poet? What is it like to be a physicist. Are there similarities in the vocations, in the explorations? In an attempt to build bridges between physics and poetry, Dr. Bill Colson and Peter Thabit Jones discuss their approaches and their experiences with Patricia Holt.

This conversation, which is based on the publication of a 2016 interview booklet from The Seventh Quarry Press (UK) involving an interview Patricia did with Bill and Peter, took place at Dudley Library at the Naval Postgraduate School, in the Department of Physics, Monterey, in August 2016 and it was a great success. It will take place in other parts of America and in the UK in 2017.

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Patricia Holt

Patricia is a lawyer who decided she would rather create to the positive than fight against the negative. Consequently, after graduating from UCLA School of Law and being sworn in as an attorney, she formed a publishing company, “The Horse and Bird Press,” together with poet... Read More →

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Professor Bill Colson

Biographical Sketch of Bill Colson, Distinguished Professor of Physics (Emeritus)Bill began his professional career in 1966 at Bendix Research Laboratory in Michigan, working on the development of newly-invented technologies, including electron/photon detectors, and night vision goggles... Read More →
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Peter Thabit Jones

Founder and Editor, The Seventh Quarry Press
Peter Thabit Jones was born in Swansea in Wales and is the author of thirteen books, several of which have been reprinted and four published in Romania. His work has been translated into over twenty-two languages.In 2008 Peter’s American publisher, Stanley H. Barkan, organised a... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Skylark Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Massachusetts Cultural Council 2016 Fellowship Awardees
Every two years, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) awards grants to some of the most talented poets working in the Commonwealth. This reading is a celebration the 2016 Fellowship awardees.

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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s... Read More →

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Scott Challener

Scott Challener is a doctoral candidate in English at Rutgers University. His poems have appeared in Lana Turner Journal, Pangyrus, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere.
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Aaron Krol

Aaron Krol's poems have appeared in KROnline, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cimarron Review and other journals. He is a Baltimore native, Emerson alum and Watertown resident, and has received fellowships from the MCC and the Saint Botolph Club Foundation. He's lucky just to be here.
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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →
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Elizabeth Witte

Elizabeth Witte is a writer and editor living in Western Massachusetts. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2016 Artist Fellowships in Poetry, with work most recently published or forthcoming in Prelude and Denver Quarterly; her chapbook Dry Eye is available... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Out There and In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem
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How and why does the poet reconfigure a work of art into verbal patterns on the page? How does an ekphrastic poem o er an experience that is both "out there" in its descriptions, while at the same time live "in here," deep within a consciousness that is being stirred? How does a poet decipher a work of visual art as a kind of text? This reading/panel discussion will explore some of the mysteries of such poems. Five poets from the Su olk University Creative Writing Program, David Ferry, Fred Marchant, George Kalogeris, Jennifer Barber, and student Nehizena Young-Edo will read from and discuss a few of their poems and the sculpture, artifacts, paintings, or photographs that prompted them. The audience will be invited to ponder with us the ways an ekphrastic poem brings us face to face with some of the most mysterious processes of art itself.

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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →

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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Poetry in Translation
This program reveals insights into and celebrations of poetic expression across cultures and languages. Bilingual readings, punctuated by the poet-translators' guiding the audience through the choices made and the resulting lyrical pieces, will open a window into the art of translation.

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Kristine Doll

Professor, World Languages and Cultures, Salem State University
Kristine Doll (Boston, MA, USA) is the author of the poetry collection Speak to Me Again (Feral Press, 2014). “My Friends” from this book was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is also a translator of Catalan poetry, including her translations into English of Joan... Read More →

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Hassanal Abdullah

Editor, Shabdaguchha
Hassanal Abdullah is a poet, novelist, critic, translator and the editor of Shabdaguchha, an International Bilingual Poetry Magazine. He has introduced a new sonnet form, Swatantra Sonnet, with seven-line stanza-pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme. He also wrote a 304-page... Read More →
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Stanley Barkan

Stanley  H.  Barkan, born in Brooklyn in 1936, is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art in Sound, Print, and Motion, which has, to date, published more than 400 titles in 58 different languages.  Barkan’s original poetry has been... Read More →
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Peter Thabit Jones

Founder and Editor, The Seventh Quarry Press
Peter Thabit Jones was born in Swansea in Wales and is the author of thirteen books, several of which have been reprinted and four published in Romania. His work has been translated into over twenty-two languages.In 2008 Peter’s American publisher, Stanley H. Barkan, organised a... Read More →
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Srinivas Reddy

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University
Srinivas is a scholar, translator and musician. He studied classical sitar in the traditional guru-shishya style with Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Srinivas also trained in classical South Asian languages and literatures... Read More →
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Rachel S. Rhee

Writer, Translator, Psychotherapist
Rachel S. Rhee is a Korean-American writer and translator of poetry and a psychotherapist. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and is pursuing a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been translating for 17 years and was the primary translator... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Sofia's Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Reading and Q&A with Poets and Editors Ryan Murphy and Martha Rhodes
Four Way Books Associate Director Ryan Murphy and Director Martha Rhodes will read from their new books and after will also be open to questions from the audience about their editorial process when working with authors as well as for their own work.

Ryan Murphy was born in Northampton, MA and grew up in the Hudson Valley of NYS. He is the author of Millbrook (January 2017, Black Dress Press), The Redcoats and Down with the Ship. He is an associate director of Four Way Books.

Martha Rhodes was raised outside of Boston and currently lives in NYC. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (2017 Pitt Poetry Series). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and is the director of Four Way Books.

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Martha Rhodes

director, Four Way Books
Martha Rhodes is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Thin Wall (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press). Teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Director of Four Way Books and the Conference on Poetry at the Frost... Read More →

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Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

The Un-Real Mother: Character Development within Maternal Poetry
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"The Un-Real Mother: Character Development within Maternal Poetry- will be a panel of amazingly talented poets. I hope this reading will offer our audience inspiration to recognize motherhood as a subject that can be written without sentimentality.Often times motherhood is considered a subject that is too sentimental, purely feminine and not serious poetry but I believe it has all the tension, drama and compassion for the makings of truly great poetry. Maternal Poetry seeks to shed light on the binary of the good vs bad mother characters in literature. Mothers are not just eternal and majestic nor are they evil and neglectful- but are humans labelled as mothers. Maternal Poetry aims show the perfection within the imperfection. To show the woman who struggles with endless tasks of motherhood and the woman who shares the heavy load with her community. The woman who sees what her mother went through and fears being placed in the same box. This is a chance to not only listen to poetry regarding motherhood but to also to learn how we were able to create poetry about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood outside the binary of the good/bad mother character. Until female character is expose as themselves they will remain in the shadows of what society expects them to traditionally be.

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Katherine Sullivan

Katherine Sullivan's maternal poetry aims to shift our perspective of motherhood. To explore how a woman is labeled in literature and how this effects our social construct. She wishes to reach out to young women and men as a poet and public speaker who will guide others to develop... Read More →

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Christine Beck

Lawyer; professor of legal studies (University of Hartford, 2000-1010); author, "Forensic Evidence in Court: A case study approach," Carolina Academic Press, 2008;legal writing consultant;member of poetry associations: Ct Poetry Society, National Federation of State Poetry Societies... Read More →
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Shelby Lanaro

A New England native, Shelby is from a small town in Southwestern Connecticut. She received her BA in English in 2014 from Southern Connecticut State University, where she is also completing her MFA degree in poetry. Shelby has recently gotten poems published in The Feminist Wire... Read More →
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Vivian Shipley

Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Vivian Shipley teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2015, she published two books, The Poet (LaLit Press at Southeastern Louisiana University) and Perennial (Negative Capability Press, Mobile, AL) which was nominated... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Headline Event: Kazim Ali and Rigoberto González
Join us for an afternoon headline event with Kazim Ali and Rigoberto González.

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Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry​; ​The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One's... Read More →
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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children's books, the three young adult novels... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

It’s Not About You—Writing the Persona Poem Workshop
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Sometimes a poem calls for a different voice—one that’s not your own. Writing using a persona frees you to write about difficult subjects or experiences, helps a poet avoid sentimentality or self-indulgence. Persona releases you from the constraints of time and space—you can speak as a Civil War nurse, a Neanderthal, or Queen Nefertiti. You can be a space alien or your goldfish. A persona can give you an immediate authority with being preachy. Or it can just be fun. How does a poet create an authentic voice, true in tone, diction, knowledge? In this workshop we will examine personae and how poets successfully create them. We will look at the work of a small, diverse group of poets. Then we will put on the mask, write a persona poem of our own. For whom will you speak? How will you answer the call of your poem?

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Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard... Read More →
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Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, fall 2017). She has taught poetry at the University of Oregon, where she received an MFA. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, The Journal, The North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 3 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

On the Golden Shovel: Writing the 21st Century Sonnet
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The Golden Shovel is a brand new poetic form, invented by National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, and in celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks centenary. The form is a completely new acrostic form that allows a poem to be read both horizontally and vertically, and a collection of these poems by poets as distinctive as Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani and Rita Dove will have work included. In this workshop, we will have eminent poets who have written golden shovels share a bit about their poem and process, and we will leave time for some generative work so that all of the participants can begin working on a golden shovel of their own.

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Maura Snell

Co-Founder, Poetry & Art Editor, The Tishman Review
Maura Snell is a poet and editor from the greater Boston area. She holds an MFA in Writing from Bennington College, and her work can be found both oline and in print, most recently at Brain, Child Magazine. She also has worked as Associate Editor on several anthology projects, most... Read More →

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Julia Glass

Distinguished Writer in Residence, Emerson College
JULIA GLASS is the author of six books of fiction: the National Book Award–winning Three Junes; I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories that won the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award; as well as the novels A House Among the Trees (forthcoming in... Read More →
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Toni Asante Lightfoot

Toni Asante Lightfoot is a poet, performer, educator. She wasborn and raised in Washington, DC. She has taught along the EasternSeaboard, the West Coast and now resides on the 3rd Coast in Chicago.Lightfoot's work can be seen in numerous anthologies and onlinejournals. She has turned... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

2:00pm EDT

Queer & Kindred: Opening the Doors to Identity Through Poetry
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How do you talk about identity in the classroom? As educators we work hard to maintain an inclusive intellectual atmosphere in the classroom. In this workshop we will discuss the challenges of discussing identity, intersectionality, and how we can transform negative boundaries into positive destinations that allow students to become more accepting of each other's gender-identity through poetry writing and reading. Materials and copy of unit plan provided.

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Heather Macpherson

Executive Director, Damfino Press
Heather Macpherson writes from Central Massachusetts. Her work (poetry, essay, interview) has appeared in Blueline, Niche, The Heron Tree, The Broken Plate, Best American Poetry Blog, Pearl, Spillway, The Worcester Review, and other fine places. Her poem, "Sestina Lot#41994" was nominated... Read More →

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Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 1 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

How Do I Write a Swatantra Sonnet
Swatantra Sonnet is a new sonnet form introduced by Hassanal Abdullah, a Bangladeshi-American poet, in the mid-nineties. Unlike Shakespearean and Patrarcan Sonnets, the Swatantra form uses a seven-line stanza pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme. The poet wrote more than 200 of such sonnets in Bengali and translated about a 100 sonnets into English preserving rhyme and rhythm. In this session, the poet, along with the panelists, will demonstrate the form and style by showing how anyone, who is interested, will be able to write a sonnet using this new form. Keeping Shakespearean and Patrarcan sonnet forms side by side with his own, the poet will also display several techniques of writing this sonnets. 'Swatantra Sonnet: Bengali with English Translations by the Author' (Feral Press and CCC, 2017) will be used as a supporting book during the session.

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Hassanal Abdullah

Editor, Shabdaguchha
Hassanal Abdullah is a poet, novelist, critic, translator and the editor of Shabdaguchha, an International Bilingual Poetry Magazine. He has introduced a new sonnet form, Swatantra Sonnet, with seven-line stanza-pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme. He also wrote a 304-page... Read More →
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Kristine Doll

Professor, World Languages and Cultures, Salem State University
Kristine Doll (Boston, MA, USA) is the author of the poetry collection Speak to Me Again (Feral Press, 2014). “My Friends” from this book was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is also a translator of Catalan poetry, including her translations into English of Joan... Read More →
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Naznin Seamon

Naznin Seamon is an award-winning poet and a short story writer of the 90s. She has been living in New York since 1997 where she went to LaGuardia Community College for her AA Degree and to Queens College for BA and MA Degrees in English. She is now a High School ESL teacher working... Read More →
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Bill Wolak

Adjunct Professor, William Paterson University
Bill Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. His most recent collection of poetry is entitled The Nakedness Defense published by Ekstasis Editions. His poetry has appeared in over a hundred magazines. His most recent translation... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Lowell Calling!
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A group reading from the poetry ecosystem that is Lowell, Mass., featuring selections from James Russell, Amy, and Robert Lowell as well as writings by five Lowell-linked writers today.


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Paul Marion

Publisher, Loom Press
Paul Marion is the author of several collections of poetry, including a new book, "Union River: Poems and Sketches," in which he explores the national landscape and mind-scape over the past 60 years. He is the editor of Jack Kerouac's early writings, "Atop an Underwood," and author... Read More →

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Kate Hanson Foster

Kate Hanson Foster's first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere.
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Matt Miller

Faculty, Phillips Exeter Academy
Matt W. Miller is the author of the collections The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry), Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize and Cameo Diner: Poems. He has published poems and essays in Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review... Read More →
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Judith Dickerman Nelson

Judith Dickerman-Nelson received a B.A. from UMass Lowell and an MFA in writing from Emerson College.  For fifteen years, she worked at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell, MA and was their education director.  She has traveled to Cambodia, studied and performed... Read More →
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Chath Piersath

Chath pierSath is the author of two books of poetry: After (Abingdon Square Publishing, New York, 2009) and This Body Mystery (Abingdon Square Publishing, New York, 2012). He is also the author of a children's book, Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart (Soundprints, New York, 2010... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School Room 3 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Our Miss Brooks 100: The Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
OMB100 celebrates Miss Brooks as a Chicago treasure, as a pivotal voice in the literary canon, one that provides a seminal connection to contemporary art and society. A conundrum exists regarding Miss Brooks' legacy. She is the first Black writer to earn the Pulitzer Prize, yet Brooks has been understudied, some might argue neglected, by the canon. Only one book of critical study existed before she died in 2000, and only one has been published posthumously. The potential reasons for this are many and just as vexing. Is it because she was Black and Woman? Is it because she walked away from the New York literary establishment to publish with African American publishing companies? We will explore Brooks' import and legacy via conversation and readings of selected Brooks texts.

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Antoinette Brim

Associate Professor of English, Capital Community College
Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir and critical... Read More →
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Georgia Popoff

Workshops Coordinator, Downtown Writers Center
I am a community poet living and teaching in Syracuse, NY. Three collections of poetry and one coauthored book for teachers on poetry in public education. Senior editor of the Comstock Review.
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Demetrice Anntía Worley

Demetrice Anntía Worley is author of Tongues in My Mouth (Main Street Rag), and she is a Cave Canem Fellow. She received Third Place in the Split This Rock Poetry 2009 Contest for her crown of sonnets, “Femicide/Femicidio: The Murdered and Disappeared Women of Juárez, Mexico.” Her... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Poetry and Literary Citizenship
Five active poets, who are also editors of literary magazines & critics, will talk about the role service plays in their engagement in the world of arts & letters. These poets currently contribute to the conversation as writers, editors, teachers, critics, interviewers and bloggers. Several of the panelists started their careers with day jobs in the business world. All will read from their work and share their stories: how they found their way to publication, how they chose the work they do to support themselves and their network of communities. Q&A to follow.

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Elaine Sexton

Elaine Sexton is the author of three books: Sleuth; Causeway; and Prospect/Refuge. Her poems and book reviews have appeared widely in journals including American Poetry Review, Art in America, Poetry, and O! the Oprah Magazine. An avid micro-publisher and artist bookmaker, she is... Read More →

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Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Skylark Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Poetry as Invocation
Henry David Thoreau said, "I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung." On this panel, four poets will read their work and explore the poetic impulses of women as a magical or quasi-magical act. The audience is invited to discuss how poetry lures a reader into its casted spells and illuminates the necessary darkness we carry inside us.

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Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Author of STEADY, MY GAZE (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of VILLANELLES (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012). Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and RATTLE, among others. She is also a life coach and underwater photographer who has a thing for... Read More →

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avatar for Gala Mukomolova

Gala Mukomolova

Gala Mukomolova earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her poetry and essays have appeared in POETRY, Pen America, VINYL and elsewhere. In 2016 Mukomolova won the 92nd St Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Gala writes astro-inspired love letters under the name Galactic... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Vermont Poets Who Have Enlarged the Poetry Communities Around Them
This group reading brings together four Vermont Poets whose poetic styles are as diverse as their life-styles. Three have been major contributors/organizers to some of Vermont’s and New England’s most important annual literary events: The Brattleboro Literary Festival, Bookstock, the Poetry Program for the Vermont’s Governor’s Institute on the Arts and the fourth was a former executive director of one the most important small poetry presses in New England, Alice James.

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Tim Mayo

Substitute Teacher & MHW, The Brattleboro Retreat
   Tim Mayo’s poems and reviews have appeared in Avatar Review, Barrow Street, Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Salamander, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and The Writer’s... Read More →

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Partridge Boswell

Recipient of this year’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize for his poem “Flying home after the protest,” Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country, winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize. His poems have recently surfaced in The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American... Read More →
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April Ossmann

April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation... Read More →
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Verandah Porche

poet in residence, Monteverdi Artists Collaborative
Verandah Porche works as a poet-in-residence, performer and writing partner. Based in rural Vermont since 1968, she has published Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off (See Through Books), and has pursued an alternative literary career... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

Writing What We See: Poets of Witness, Emerging and Established
This panel consists of very established and newer writers discussing their understanding of the genre of witness poetry. We will explore the process of witness writing, our experience in it, how we've come to our present understanding of what it means to be a witness, and what we're still trying to discover. We will share poetry of witness, and encourage conversation about what elevates witnessing to art.

Moderators
avatar for Eileen Cleary

Eileen Cleary

Cofounder of the Lilly Salon in Needham, Eileen Cleary is a nurse and poet, and earned an MFA at Lesley University. Her work has been published in J Journal, Bird's Thumb and Naugatuck River Review. She is a member of Poem Works and the Concord Poetry Workshop. She is on the reading... Read More →

Speakers
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
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Robbie Gamble

Robbie Gamble is a poet, writer, nurse practitioner, and social activist. He worked as a human rights observer during the civil war in El Salvador in the late 1980's, and subsequently ran a settlement house in Hamilton, Ontario, for Central American refugees seeking political asylum... Read More →
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Barbara Helfgott Hyett

Director, PoemWorks
Their poems, my poems, our poems.
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Richard Waring

Richard Waring is the author of What Love Tells Me (Word Poetry, 2016). He hosts the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series at Newtonville Books in Newton, Mass. His poems have appeared in Sanctuary, Chest, JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Ars Medica, the... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)

3:15pm EDT

Blackout Poetry
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Blackout poetry is the art of redacting words from an existing text to allow a poem to emerge. To create these often very minimal poems simply, a black marker is used to cross out "unnecessary" words. But, with other materials, each small page becomes its own work of art. Join us to bring your own artful poems to life with "retired" books and art supplies. Choose a page, and let the words lead you!

Speakers
avatar for Casey Roland

Casey Roland

Casey Lynn Roland grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and currently resides in Beverly. Casey began writing poetry in high school, but didn’t take it seriously until working towards a BA in English at Salem State University, where she became the first graduate with a concentration... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

3:15pm EDT

The State of Poetry
A diverse panel of poets will engage in a free flowing discussion about the state of poetry today: who gets published (and who doesn’t), the impact of new technologies, trends in craft, and poets and poetry’s connection to the events and to the social context of our times. Hosted by Jennifer Jean.

Moderators
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: In the War, and The Archivist. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains... Read More →

Speakers
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Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry​; ​The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One's... Read More →
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Marie Gauthier

Director of Sales & Marketing, Tupelo Press
Marie Gauthier is the author of Hunger All Inside (FLP, 2009). Her poems have appeared in The Common, Cave Wall, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. A 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize recipient, she lives with her family in Shelburne Falls, MA where she works for Tupelo Press... Read More →
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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children's books, the three young adult novels... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

7:30pm EDT

Headline Event: Eileen Myles
Join us for a very special reading with the one and only Eileen Myles. After the reading, Eileen will be interviewed by WBUR's Christopher Lydon. Eileen will be preceded by Emma Crockford a winner of the Helen Creeley High School Poetry contest.

Listen to Christophen Lydon and Eileen Myles on Radio Open Source. 

Speakers
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Emma Crockford

Emma Crockford is a Junior at Rising Tide Charter Public School in Plymouth, where she is the founder and editor of her school newspaper. Her most recent publications include The Emerson Review, Brown University's The Round, Gravel Parallax, and Liminality Magazine.


Saturday May 6, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)

9:30pm EDT

Elle Villanelle's Poetry Bordello
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Elle Villanelle invites you to step into a world of auditory delights and playful sensuality. Visit the lustful linguists of the Bordello, tickle your own fancy or someone else’s at the game table, celebrate the flesh with our burlesque dance numbers, and engage in a private fantasy courtesy of our sexy poetry prompts. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers as Elle Villanelle and the bordello dwellers help you uncover poetry’s delicious naughtiness!

This concept was created by Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski of The Poetry Society of New York.


Moderators
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Shari Caplan

Shari Caplan is the author of “Advice from a Siren” (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her work appears in Zoetic Press, Drunk Monkeys, and Deluge and is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review and The Rhylsing Anthology, a publication of Rhylsing Award nominees. A graduate of Lesley University’s... Read More →

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Joseph Gould

Joey Gould is a tutor, poet, & deckbuilder who loves creating improv poetry & walking through Audubon sanctuaries. He has helped facilitate four poetry festivals & was only picked up by the police once.
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer,and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston BookFestival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and manyothers. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currentlyteaches. Her work can be found... Read More →
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Gabby Mancuso

Gabriela Mancuso is a student at Emerson College in Boston, MA studying Writing, Literature, and Latin American Studies.Her work has been featured in Columbia University's Pre- College Magazine, and MobilityMovilidad's Proyecto Carrito Student- Worker mobile collective. She has formerly... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
 
Sunday, May 7
 

9:00am EDT

Poetry and Healing

Almost a decade ago, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology Donald Singer teamed up with poet and translator Professor Michael Hulse to establish the international Hippocrates Prize for poetry on a medical subject. They have spent many years investigating relations between the two disciplines of poetry and medicine, and are joined by Dr. Rafael Campo, poet and physician at Harvard Medical School, to present thoughts about the healing and sensitizing influence of poetry in clinical and therapeutic contexts and in medical education and training. Donald and Michael have been working to identify a global corpus of poetry on medical subjects, and together with Rafael will explore the characteristics of medical poetry written by patients, by medical professionals, and by professional poets.Owen Lewis, a psychiatrist-poet based at Columbia, will also join the panel. This promises to be an illuminating and salutary encounter. 


Moderators
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Rafael Campo

Essayist and Poet
RAFAEL CAMPO, M.A., M.D., D. Litt., is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He is also on the faculty of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA Program.  He is the recipient... Read More →

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Michael Hulse

Hailed by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse has been praised by Robert Gray, C. K. Stead, Sean O’Brien, Simon Armitage, the late Peter Porter, and many others. His audience for his solo appearance at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2012 numbered 700, and his latest... Read More →
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Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis’s poetry has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Peregrine, Four Way Review, The Cumberland Review, and The Mom Egg Review. Recent 2017 honors include Second Prize in the Paumantok Award (Farmingdale State College) and Shortlisting in the Gregory... Read More →
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Donald Singer

Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist who has published over 170 articles, chapters and books on cardiovascular research, prevention and treatment, and public understanding of health. He co-authors Pocket Prescriber, the 8th edition of which was published by Taylor & Francis... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Spring Matinee
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is a celebration of the meeting of poetry and the visual arts at the intersection of film - poetry movies! At this matinee showing you can screen some of the outstanding work from all over the world that has been presented at the festival over the last three years.

Moderators
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Sou MacMillan

Owner/Operator, Doublebunny Press
Sou MacMIllan has her fingers in a lot of pies: A veteran of the Columbus, OH music scene, she was the voice behind Caroline/Double Deuce band Pet Ufo. She is the producer of Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, and the small press sorceress behind Doublebunny Press. Sou is the author... Read More →

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Bill MacMillan

Judge - Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Doubblebunny Press
Bill MacMillan has been one of the judges of the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival for the past four years. He Co-founded the Worcester Poetry Slam & Worcester Poets’ Asylum. He is featured in the documentary film SlamNation & was a member of the 1996 National Poetry Slam Championship... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

Arrows Dipped in Honey:How Poetry Hurts a Wounded World Into Healing
This panel will explore the ways in which poetry sparks multiple activisms. From environmental to feminism to the recurring and insistent issues of race, we will examine the historical and current uses and forms of poetry to shed light on our human darkness, and the various ways poets have demanded personal, public, and political change through languages and stances of protest, engagement, and witness.

Moderators
avatar for Deborah Leipziger

Deborah Leipziger

Lecturer, Bard
Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founder of Soul-Lit, an on-line poetry magazine. http://soul-lit.com... Read More →

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avatar for Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge

writer
I'm looking for an agent for my novel, RIDE (61K words) — a coming of age story, set in the Nineties—an odyssey through fifty years of American culture. Think “My Generation” with a radical twist.Two days before a scheduled reading more than a thousand miles away, a poet’s... Read More →
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Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →
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Leah Meryl Harmon

Leah Meryl Harmon was born in Boston Massachusetts. She attended Berklee Collage of Music, and The University of Massachusetts Boston, earning her BA with a concentration in poetry and a minor in art history. She currently lives in the Boston area where she has taught poetry and essay... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

The Family Business: A Father and Daughter Talk Ecopoetics, Triggering Towns, and Midwest vs. Coasts
David Young has always looked to the natural world as both location for his poetry, and as a way to speak to other poets he has translated, such as Tu Fu and Pablo Neruda, or contemporaries such as Charles Wright. His daughter Margaret studied poetry and bioregionalism at U.C. Davis, and her writing has also been rooted in place and nature. While the elder Young remained in the Oberlin, Ohio of his long career, years of living in small towns and cities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Massachusetts have made the younger Young take a different spin on the family business. In this unprecedented dialogue between generations, each poet will use several of the other’s works to lead a discussion of what it means to be a poet of place in the anthropocene.

Moderators
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Margaret Young

Poet
Margaret Young is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Almond Town (Bright Hill Press), and Blight Summer (Finishing Line Press). Her translation of Sergio Inestrosa’s A la Sombra de un Haiku was published by Obsidiana Press, and a second... Read More →

Speakers
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David Young

David Young is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Field of Light and Shadow (Knopf, 2010). His memoir/cookbook is Seasoning (Ohio State. 200), with chapters and recipes for each month of the year. He is also known for his writings on Shakespeare and his translations... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

What's Your Literary Lineage?
If you don’t know where you come from, how do you know where you’re going? For poets, knowing where you come from includes knowing your “literary lineage” (aka influences). Knowing this lineage can reveal, and help you address, problems in your writing—this knowledge can help get you out of a writerly rut! Panelists will discuss how they “mapped out” or “came to understand” their lit lineage, and how this has helped (or hindered) their writing. This could include talking about being a mentee or a mentor (to "descendants"). Panel presentations are meant to be a guide for audience members to trace their own literary lineages so they may assess and advance their own writing.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: In the War, and The Archivist. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains... Read More →

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Mark Halliday

Born in 1949, Mark Halliday earned his B.A. at Brown University in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing at Brown in 1976, and a Ph.D. in English Literature at Brandeis University in 1983.  He has taught English at two high schools and five colleges;  since 1996 he has taught at Ohio... Read More →
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Karla Van Vliet

Van Vliet Arts / Dreams as Source
Karla Van Vliet is the author of two collections of poems, From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth. She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a two-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Tishman Review... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

Master Class in Reading Your Work Aloud
What makes a good reading? In the literary world today, writers often reach a wider audience through readings than through publication. Yet most writers are not trained to read their works aloud. Even well-known writers may read with either too little—or too much—expression. In this master class/workshop, participants explore the wide range of successful reading styles. Each participant presents a poem or short passage of prose for feedback from the group, under the guidance of the instructor, and then works toward a livelier, more effective presentation, which often includes a deeper understanding of the work being read.

Speakers
avatar for Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

On Beyond Giggles: Writing Children's Poetry
What makes a poem for children successful? Does it have to rhyme? Use short words? Feature at least one thing to gross you out? We’ll look at examples from a number of poets who write for younger audiences, and try out some of their techniques with a selection of writing prompts. Feel free to bring an example of one of your favorite poems for kids to add to the discussion!

Moderators
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Meg Winikates

Membership & Advocacy Manager, New England Museum Association
Margaret Winikates is a writer and museum professional from Boston and Northampton, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. Five years working at the Peabody Essex Museum reinforced the ways nature and art inspire her writing... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

10:15am EDT

To Refract the Complexity of Our Lives, Write American Ghazals
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Thanks to Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001), who redefined the ghazal within our complex American context, more than 100 contemporary poets, including Natasha Trethewey, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Patricia Smith, and Margaret Szumowski (1949-2013), have written and published American ghazals. This engaging and interactive workshop invites participants to read aloud a few American ghazals (pronounced guzzles) so that we may discuss together how published poets are channeling their diverse creative, cultural and experiential experiences into this intriguing form. As a group, we will then strive to write a first draft of a ghazal on the spot; participants will determine whether we write a first draft of a collaborative ghazal or individual ones. Participants will leave with a greater appreciation of this lyrical poetic form.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Luisa Arroyo

Maria Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator


Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Pickman Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

A Reading in Support of the World Poetry Movement in Opposition to the proliferation of Nuclear Arms and in support for World Wide Efforts at Peace
In October, the World Poetry Movement sponsored readings around the globe to draw attention to the recent increasingly dangerous escalation of nuclear weapons and the need for increased recognition and support for efforts toward peace, particularly among the world's communities of poets. This reading will feature poets who recently read in Cambridge in this cause. Our readers are activists, publishers, editors, and translators who will read from poems that directly address these issues. The World Poetry Movement has its roots in Medellin and the World Poetry Festival which for over twenty-five years, in the midst and against the violence of an on-going war has brought poets from around the world each year to read and conduct workshops in schools, colleges, barrios, banana plantations, plazas, throughout the countryside and the cities of Bogota and Medellin.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Bowen

Kevin Bowen

Born and raised in the West End of Boston, an old section of the city, demolished in 1960 to make way for new high rise condominium living, that experience, I have always been deeply effected by that experience. Along with my experience as a soldier in Vietnam, it has informed most... Read More →

Speakers
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Georges

Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →
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Gloria Mindock

Gloria Mindock is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). She is the author of I Wish Francisco Franco Would Love Me (Nixes Mate Books), Whiteness of Bone (Glass Lyre Press), La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

Liberation
Join us for a reading from Liberation (Beacon Press), a new poetry anthology presenting 82 new poems about freedom by 63 celebrated contemporary poets around the world, including Richard Blanco, Rita Dove, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Robert Pinsky, and more. It was created by Mark Ludwig, Executive Director of the Terezin Music Foundation, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, to increase awareness of those who still long for liberation, and to pose the question, “What does it mean to be free?” Here are never-before-published poems by the world’s top contemporary voices, addressing the theme of freedom as it inspires them personally and creatively. Massachusetts contributing poets Richard Hoffman, Fanny Howe, Lloyd Schwartz, and Carol Dine will read their works and others and offer reflections on the theme of liberation. Mark Ludwig will offer musical selections, choral settings of poems in Liberation. "This anthology of poems from people all over the world gives expression to the human yearning for freedom, which will serve as an inspiration to the present and future generations.” — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Moderators
Speakers
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Carol Dine

Carol Dine’s book of poems, Orange Night, accompanied by images by painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak, was published in 2014. Her memoir, Places in the Bone, discusses the necessity of art for survival. She received a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial... Read More →
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Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman has published four collections of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated... Read More →
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Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, most recently the poetry collections The Needle’s Eye (2016) and Second Childhood,(2014), a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

Mixing Media: Words, Image, and Music
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Poet/filmmaker Kevin Carey of Beverly, MA, Poet/Photographer Mark Hillringhouse, and Poet/Songwriter R.G. Evans will discuss their collaborations on the documentary films All That Lies Between Us, about the life and work of poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and Unburying Malcolm Miller, about the posthumous discovery of the outsider poet from Salem, MA. Poets with published collections themselves, Carey, Hillringhouse, and Evans will discuss their individual contributions to these films and will read selections from their individual poems.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press,The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012) andJesus... Read More →
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R.G. Evans

R.G. Evans's books include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press Poetry Prize 2013),  The Noise of Wings (Red Dashboard Press, 2015), and The Holy Both (Main Street Rag, 2017). His original music was featured in the Kevin Carey/Mark Hillringhouse films All That Lies Between Us... Read More →
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Mark Hillringhouse

Mark Hillringhouse: is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose workshave been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing havebeen published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The NewYork Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Pickman Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

Motherhood and The Muse: Poets on Passion and Parenting
In this panel, we sit down with poets who are also mothers. We’ll discuss their experience of the various stages of motherhood, how it's influenced their writing, the challenges and successes in staying active as an artist, and what they hope to impart to both their children and their extended audience of readers.

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Speakers
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Toni Bee

Founder, Poetry Teacher & StoryTeller, BeeWrites!
TALK to me about the power of youth, words, and being inclusive in community. Citizens elected me as the 2011 Poet Populist of Cambridge, MA. I was the first woman in that position and in 2016 I was picked to be the Inaugural Cambridge Poetry Ambassador. Advice for you? Follow your... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

The Trauma of the Body
How can we write ‘trauma of the body’ poems, poems that directly or indirectly address our corporeal demise, without coming across as melodramatic or maudlin? Marcel Proust wrote in The Guermantes, the third volume from In Search of Lost Time, “It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.” This group reading will include poems that, in various ways, espouse this stark assertion. A writing prompt and Q&A will follow.

Moderators
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Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press... Read More →

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avatar for Carrie Bennett

Carrie Bennett

Boston University
Carrie Bennett is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and author of biography of water (The Word Works, 2005), The Land Is a Painted Thing (The Word Works, 2016) and several chapbooks from dancing girl: The Quiet Winter, Animals in Pretty Cages, and The Affair Fragments... Read More →
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Aimee Harrison

AIMEE HARRISON‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Lifted Brow, Indefinite Space, and The Inman Review. She is a co-founder of Small Po[r]tions Journal, is the managing editor for Essay Press, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University... Read More →
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Cheryl Clark Vermeulen

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, author of the chapbook Dead-Eye Spring (Cy Gist Press) and the forthcoming This Paper Lantern (Dancing Girl Press), received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems and translations have appeared in Caketrain, The Drunken Boat, Jubilat, Third... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

Naming Our Roots: Seeds for Multilingual, Multicultural Narrative Poems
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Whether inspired by the photographs we carry or the stories about our names, participants will be guided in this engaging workshop to write down and to share aloud rough drafts of poems, which reflect the presence or erasure of their respective cultural, ethnic, and linguistic heritages. Participants will also further develop their own appreciation of code-switching, namely, incorporating another language or dialect into their writing. Please bring in an object of personal meaning (a photo, a newspaper clipping, a trinket, for example) as a writing prompt for yourself and for others. Limited to 15 adult participants. Open to all adult poets (18+), emerging to experienced.

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Maria Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

11:30am EDT

Solarpunk Serenades
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Solarpunk, the optimistic, eco-conscious, sci-fi of the near future, is a great fit for the imagination and whimsy of a poet. We’ll look at some examples of poems old and new that reflect the solarpunk ideals, and experiment with writing prompts. Bring your futurist dreams of conversing with whales, living in a treehouse, and using solar sails to reach Mars to this workshop.

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Meg Winikates

Membership & Advocacy Manager, New England Museum Association
Margaret Winikates is a writer and museum professional from Boston and Northampton, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. Five years working at the Peabody Essex Museum reinforced the ways nature and art inspire her writing... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

Fred & Gail & Richard & Lloyd
Join us for this very special reading of poets and friends: Fred Marchant, Gail Mazur, Richard Hoffman, and Lloyd Schwartz. 

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Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman has published four collections of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →
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Gail Mazur

GAIL MAZUR is author of seven books of poems, including Forbidden City, Figures in a Landscape, Zeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts book Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award. She... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

A Life in Retrospect: History Comes Calling
While we write , history is moving on with or without us. We will read poems that respond to what is happening in the world around us. To weave the personal with the political- but not to be polemic-- that is the work of poets everywhere. Three poets who write out of their times as well as their hearts will present.

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Kathleen Spivack

Writer/teacher.
Kathleen Spivack is the author of "Unspeakable Things," published by A.Knopf, 2016. Her last book was "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" (University Press of New England, 2012.) She’s published eight other... Read More →

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Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
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Myles Gordon

Myles Gordon's book, Inside The Splintered Wood (Tebot Bach) was named a "Must read" 2014 by the Massachusetts Center For The Book. He is a past winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Evening Street Press Chapbook Competition, and an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Award. His... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

History's Inspiration: Poetry Out of the Past
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How does history influence the creative process? How do poets turn the events of the past into inspiration for poetry today? Poets Sarah Sousa (SPLIT THE CROW, CHURCH OF NEEDLES), Andrea Stone (AMERICAN SPELLING), and Ellen Dore Watson (poetry editor of the MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW and of Hedgerow Press) will read from their recent work, all of which looks back at moments in New England and Canadian history. Readings will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience. From Native American oral histories to Civil War narratives to earthshaking national crises, the past informs each poet's work in ways both literal and figurative, challenging form and genre as well as our understanding of shared histories. The event will be introduced and moderated by Ellen Dore Watson, with time for audience questions and participation.

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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →
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Andrea Stone

Associate Professor, Smith College
Smith College associate professor of English Language & Literature Andrea Stone teaches literatures of the African diaspora from the 18th century to the present with a particular focus on the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Her specific teaching interests relate to African... Read More →
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Ellen Dore Watson

Director of Poetry Center, Poetry Center at Smith College
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson’s fifth collection of poems, pray me stay eager, is new from Alice James Books, which also published her first two books, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. This Sharpening and Dogged Hearts were... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

The Geography of Grief: Poets and Poems of Loss
Using the five stages of grief as a starting point, two mid-career and two early-career poets discuss the poetry of grief via close reading of well-known poets, and read from their own work. Kubler-Ross's five stages of grief are usually understood to be denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Sample poets discussed might include Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Bruce Weigl, Anne Sexton, Rumi, Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, John Berryman and more. Via close readings of specific poems, panelists will illustrate the ways grief can be used to write poems of moral force and emotional impact.

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Rusty Barnes

Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in nearly three hundred journals and anthologies. Among his eight books are two... Read More →

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Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest novel Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story (Big Table Publishing) was released in 2016. Coming in 2017 will be his first book of poetry since 2014 titled "Chief Jay Strongbow is Real". He has had over... Read More →
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Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan is the co-editor of Live Nude Poems. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Free State Review, Ygdrasil, Barbaric Yawp and several other publications online and in print. She lives in Revere, MA with her family and the poet & novelist Rusty Bar... Read More →
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Teisha Dawn Twomey

Poetry Editor, Wilderness House Literary Review
TEISHA DAWN TWOMEY received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her debut collection “How to Treat Pretty Things” was released by Stream~Lines earlier this year. She lives in Dedham, MA. http://teishapoetrytwo... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

The Kenyon Review & Memorious.org: The New to Massachusetts Poetry Reading
Join local editors from the Kenyon Review and Memorious for a contributor reading welcoming to Massachusetts poets Natalie Shapero, who has joined the faculty at Tufts University; Oliver de la Paz, who has joined the faculty at the College of the Holy Cross; Lillian-Yvonne Bertram; and Kent Shaw, who has joined the faculty at Wheaton College. We will also be celebrating new poetry collections from Lloyd Schwartz and Natalie Shapero.

Moderators
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Rebecca Morgan Frank

Editor, Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction
Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016)and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award; her third collection, Sometimes We're All Living in a Foreign Country, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon... Read More →

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Oliver de la Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair... Read More →
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Natalie Shapero

Professor of the Practice of Poetry, Tufts University
Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. She is the author of the poetry collections Hard Child (Copper Canyon, 2017) and No Object (Saturnalia, 2013). Natalie's writing has appeared in The Nation... Read More →
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Kent Shaw

Assistant Professor, Wheaton College
My first book, Calenture, was published in 2008. My poems have appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and elsewhere. I am an Assistant Professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

1:00pm EDT

Emotionality: Harness or Whip?
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Are there emotional pressures in your poetry? Do you incorporate restraint in order to circumnavigate sentimentality or even sentiment itself? Or do you come undone? T.S. Eliot asserted that, “Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have a personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” Does personality or personae inhabit your poems or is it you? This panel will present poems with different approaches and different emotional frequencies to better understand our relationship to our emotions. A writing prompt and Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

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Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press... Read More →

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Anne Champion

Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013), The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017).  Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Epiphany Magazine, The... Read More →
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Jennifer Martelli

Vox Editor, The Mom Egg
Author of "My Tarantella," (forthcoming from Bordighera Press), "The Uncanny Valley," (BigTable Publishing), and "After Bird" (Grey Book Press).Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cleaver, Glass Poetry Journal, and The Baltimore Review. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Ralph Pennel

Lecturer in English and Media Studies, Bentley Univesity
Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. His writing has appeared in Literary Orphans, F(r)iction, Tarpaulin Sky, The Cape Rock, Right Hand Pointing, Rain Taxi Review of Books and various other publications. Ralph teaches poetry... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

2:30pm EDT

PSA 2016 NATIONAL SERIES: Poetry and the Natural World with Louise Glück
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The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, is travelling to five cities with a focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this fourth installment, we'll hear from Louise Glück.

 

Co-sponsored by Mass Poetry and the Poetry Society of America


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Louise Glück

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Louise Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including her most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors and awards... Read More →




Sunday May 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970